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NLD Condemns Attacks

Monday, April 28 2008, 03:53 PM EDT
(c) U Myint Aye, former chairman of Kemmendine Township NLD Organizing Committee, was beaten near Paduma sports field in Myenigon when he was returning home around 9:00 pm on 27 March 2008. He was treated at the Neurological Ward of the Rangoon General Hospital and his head injuries needed five stitches.

The National League for Democracy
No (97/B) West Shwegondine Street
Bahan Township, Rangoon

7th Waning Moon of Tagu, 1370 Burmese Era
25 April 2008

Statement No: 11/04/08


1. The National League for Democracy (NLD) is a legal entity officially registered in accordance with the Political Parties Registration Law. But serious crimes are being committed against NLD members and it is totally being ignored by the authorities concerned who have never investigated, filed legal charges, penalized or punished, or taken any action to uphold the "rule of law". The authorities who are even investigating and acting on minor offenses taking place in insignificant small lanes and byways are ignoring serious crimes openly taking place in the middle of major thoroughfares. We hold the authorities totally responsible for this failing. The following are some of the criminal acts that have taken place since the announcement of a national referendum for the Draft Constitution (2008) of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar:

(a) Ko Moe Naing Soe, member of the Taungup Township (NLD) Organizing Committee, was beaten with sticks by three unknown assailants on motorbikes, leaving him in a pool of blood. The attack occurred at the top of Kaing Shay Bridge in Taungup Township at 1100 pm on 26 February 2008. The three persons fled only when people nearby came out. Ko Moe Naing Soe suffered serious brain and nerve injuries. The attack was reported to the Taungup Police Station on 27 February 2008 but we understand that no action has been taken until now.

(b) U Than Pe, vice chairman of Taungup Township (NLD) Organizing Committee, had to take evasive action when an unknown assailant tried to stab him at midnight on 6 March.

(c) U Myint Aye, former chairman of Kemmendine Township NLD Organizing Committee, was beaten near Paduma sports field in Myenigon when he was returning home around 9:00 pm on 27 March 2008. He was treated at the Neurological Ward of the Rangoon General Hospital and his head injuries needed five stitches.

(d) While U Myint Hlaing, chairman of Hlaingthaya Township NLD Organizing Committee, was walking in front of his home at 7:30 pm on 31 March 2008, an unknown assailant approached him from behind and beat him on his head and fled away. U Myint Hlaing needed three stitches on the right side of his head.

(e) While U Tin Yu, member of the Hlaingthaya Township NLD Humanitarian Assistance Committee, and his daughter were on their way to work waiting for a bus at the Tada-Phyu bus stop on 4 April 2008, unknown assailants on a motorbike struck U Tin Yu on the head using about an 18-inch long 2" x 2" wooden stick. The person who beat U Tin Yu was the pillion rider and the person in front had a communications set. U Tin Yu suffered serious injuries on his right eye and forehead and was admitted to the emergency room of the Rangoon General Hospital for treatment. He needed 21 stitches and is continuing his treatment with the Special Eye Ward. His right eye has lost some vision.

(f) An unknown assailant using a belt beat Ko Htwe Thein, member of the Rangoon Division NLD Youth Assistance Group, on 16 April 2008. Similarly, a group of people wielding iron rods attempted to attack Ko Thi Han, official-in-charge (1) of Dagon Myothit Township NLD Youth Wing, at the corner of No 2 Mya Sabe Street near Gate Haung at 7:00 pm on 16 April 2008. Ko Thi Han escaped when he fled into a nearby home.

(g) In Sittwe of Arakan State, 20 NLD youth members who were wearing "NO" T-Shirts were arrested and tortured during interrogation.

2. Judging from the incidents above, it becomes apparent that intimidating efforts are underway to thwart NLD members from initiating opposing moves against the draft constitution and prevent them from casting "No" votes in the referendum, as well as to frighten other people so that they will not cast "No" votes. The NLD, which won the Multiparty Democratic General Elections in 1990, has always been committed to peaceful means in endeavoring to restore democracy and human rights in the country. Despite this, NLD members are being subjected to various acts of terror by people who rely on the use of weaponry instead of political means to resolve political problems. As a result, the country now resembles a lawless nation.

As per the decision taken at the Central Executive Committee Meeting of 18 April 2008

Central Executive Committee
NLD
Rangoon

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